Chicken Tikka Masala

I love the combination of the chicken, the earthy lentils and the rich spicy sauce. The basic recipe is medium hot but you can add the whole dried chillies if you want a hot curry.

Serves 3-4




1 kg Chicken , skinned and cut into cubes
1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder , ground
coriander seeds
½ tsp black mustard seeds
6 dried red chillies , or birds eye chillies
1 tsp turmeric
2 Bay leaves
4 Green Cardamoms
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 large onion , chopped
1 2 inch piece cinnamon stick
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 ½ tsp salt
110 g red lentils
6 tbsp water , for the chicken
5 tbsp oil
2 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves , chopped
2 ½ cups (620ml) warm water , for the lentils
1 tsp salt , for the lentils
2 Large Saucepans
2 Stirring Spoons
5 tbsp oil
5 tbsp oil


1. Marinade the Chicken – In a large bowl, add the salt, ginger and garlic paste, coriander powder, cumin powder and mix well. Then add to the chicken, and combine the paste with the meat making sure that the chicken is well coated. Allow to marinade overnight in the fridge.

2. Fry Spices and Chicken – In a large pan melt the ghee over a medium heat; add the fennel seeds, cinnamon stick, dried red chilies and mustard seeds and fry the chicken with any juices for 20 minutes on medium to low heat

3. Fry Onions and Spices – In a separate pan, heat the oil and add the salt, cardamom seeds, garam masala, turmeric and bay leaves, Add the onions and fry until golden.

4. Then add the lentils, which have been washed and drained

5. Add the water and salt, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 15 minutes. Mash the lentils with a spoon to make a pulpy mixture. And cook for another 15 minutes

6. Add lentils to the pan containing the chicken pieces. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 30 minutes, whilst stirring occasionally to make sure that it does not stick or burn.

7. Add a pinch of coriander, stir and serve.

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